The New Hampshire Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Nursing (ISURF-Nursing) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

nursing-photo1The NH-INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Nursing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center provides a 10-week (mid-June to mid-August) research experience for undergraduate nursing students. Selected students will work closely with faculty mentors on research and evidence-based practice projects.

Consistent with the objectives of the INBRE Program, the goal of this experience is to expand the capacity for nursing research in New Hampshire and beyond through the development of aspiring nurse researchers. The program will provide undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to experience the research process first hand in collaboration with practicing nurse scientist mentors. The students will participate in all aspects of nursing research including the role of nurses in the conduct and application of research as well as in clinical trials and quality improvement science.

The program is designed to expose students to a wide range of experiences related to clinical and translational research in an academic medical center setting: from proposal development through study implementation and management, to clinical areas where evidence is applied and evaluated at the bedside. It also includes the opportunity to shadow clinical research nurses and advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists) in the clinical setting.

Currently less than 1% of the approximately 3 million nurses in the United States have a doctoral degree. The average age a nurse obtains a doctoral degree is 46, ten years older than other disciplines (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013).  An additional aim of the INBRE program is to promote earlier entry into graduate nursing degree programs as a result of the active engagement of the student as a nurse scientist early in their undergraduate education.

Designed as an intense immersion experience, students will be closely affiliated with the other students in the Dartmouth ISURF program. As such, in addition to nursing research activities, students will learn strategies for successfully applying to graduate school and will participate in a prep class focused on GRE exam preparation. Additional activities to enhance professional development include an interdisciplinary journal club where scientific papers are discussed, and an introduction to bioinformatics through guided discussions and interactive computer modules. There will also be other opportunities to interact with peers and learn about a broad scope of the research taking place at Dartmouth.

Overall Objectives
At the completion of the 10-week summer immersion INBRE program the student will: Identify various roles for nurses in the research continuum including clinical trials, quality improvement science, conduct and application of research; Demonstrate knowledge regarding the conduct and application of nursing research; Define quality improvement science; Recognize the role of ethics and human subjects protection in the conduct of research; Identify changes in personal research self-efficacy; Summarize the various paths to obtain a graduate nursing degree.

nursing-photo3Student support includes up to $4000 in salary, a $1000 food allowance, and free housing. Support is also provided for all participating nursing students to attend the NH-INBRE Annual Meeting at the end of the summer, with each student doing a poster and/or oral presentation of their summer research.

Students are eligible if they will have completed their Junior year in a Bachelors of Science in Nursing program by May/June of the academic year, attend an NH-INBRE Partner institution, and have a high academic standing. Our primary aim is to expose students to nursing research with the hope of inspiring and preparing the next generation of nurses that pursue research as part of their academic and professional careers. The program is not appropriate for students who simply want to strengthen their clinical skills.

Application Materials
The 2019 ISURF Nursing program application and reference forms are accessible here:
ISURF-Nursing Application
iSURF-Nursing Reference Form

A day in the life of an INBRE Intern

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Important Dates 
Key dates for the 2019 summer ISURF Nursing program are below:

January 2, 2019: Student applications and references due
January 11, 2019: Phone interviews ~ The student  must  be available between noon and 5pm on January 11 to participate in a 10 minute phone interview. The interview team will call all applicants during that time window.
Week of January 14, 2019: Acceptance offers made to students
June 11, 2019: Start of the summer ISURF Nursing program
August 13-14, 2019: NH-INBRE annual meeting
August 16, 2019: End of the summer ISURF Nursing program

For Additional Information
Please direct all program inquiries to